LUMBERTON — It will be up to Faline Locklear Dial, the District 4 county commissioner candidate, and District 2 incumbent Commissioner Hubert Sealey whether there is a recount for one office and a runoff election for another, according to Robeson County’s board of elections director.
But some more counting of votes must take place first.
“The decision for a recount and a runoff won’t be made until after all the votes, including provisionals, are counted on Tuesday,” G.L. Pridgen said. “It will then be up to the candidates to decide if there should be a recount and runoff.”
Dial on Tuesday received 1,041 votes, just 10 votes behind six-term Commissioner Noah Woods, in the race for the District 4 seat on the Robeson County Board of Commissioners. If the unofficial results stand after provisional votes and some last-minute absentee votes are counted and the canvass conducted Tuesday, Dial, who is from Prospect and seeking her first elected office, will be within the 1 percent vote margin that would allow her to request a recount.
Pridgen said Wednesday that Dial will have until May 14 to request a recount. She told The Robesonian late Tuesday that if the unofficial vote count holds she intends to request a recount.
A six-way race in the Democratic primary for the District 2 county commissioner seat currently held by Sealey resulted in none of the candidates reaching the required 40 percent of the votes needed for victory. Sealey finished with 656 votes, or 26.11 percent of votes cast, to trail Berlester Campbell’s 807 votes, or 32.13 percent of the votes.
Should the unofficial results of the race hold after the final count on Tuesday, Sealey has the option of requesting a runoff between himself and Campbell. Pridgen said Sealey will have until May 16 to officially request a runoff.
The Robesonian could not reach Sealey on Wednesday for comment.
Pridgen said Wednesday that he did not immediately know the number of provisional votes that might affect the results of votes cast in the District 4 and District 2 precincts. Those votes will be counted on Tuesday at 11 a.m., he said.
There will be some additional absentee ballots that will be counted and results added to Tuesday’s unofficial results. State law requires that any absentee ballots received by Friday that are post marked by May 6, the day of the primary, be accepted, Pridgen said.
Pridgen said Wednesday that he does not think there will be a large number of additional absentee ballots to be added to the unofficial vote counts.
“We received about five absentee ballots today,” he said.